Maxillaria encyclioides J.T.Atwood & Dodson 1997 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Another Flower Photo by Stefano and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Calaway Dodson

Deep shade Hot Cool LATE Spring Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Encyclia-Like Maxillaria [refers to the plants similarity to an Encyclia plant]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador in dense shade at elevations around 240 to 1300 meters as a hot to cool, pendant growing epiphyte with cylindric to elliptic, strongly laterally flattened, lightly grooved pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several sheaths, the uppermost often foliaceous, carrying 2 to 3 apical, narrowly elliptic, obtuse and obliquely emarginate, shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms late spring and summer on a basal, horizontal, 1.2" [3 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence carrying intensely yellow sepals and petals with a red lip with a yellow apex.

CAUTION Neither of the photos above seem to be a match for this species so please use with caution!!!!! The Type drawing is absolutely correct.

Synonyms Rhetinantha encyclioides (J.T. Atwood & Dodson) M.A. Blanco 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 20 #3 pg 268 1997 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 2002 drawing fide